Aurelius ya está contando los días que le quedan en la table 56 del Institute Suisse de Droit Comparé. Lo malo es que la vuelta a Alicante va a ser dura (pero llena de acontecimientos sobre propiedad intelectual: aquí el primero)
USA: la Corte Suprema conocerá sobre el agotamiento internacional del derecho de autor
Según cuentan las malas y buenas lenguas “Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Omega, S.A.” va a estar en el Hit Parade de los asuntos sobre propiedad intelectual en el 2010. Un resumen en Patently-O: Costco purchased Omega watches from a third-party importer and sold the watch for $1,300 instead of the $2,000 suggested retail price. Omega (a division of Swatch) then sued Costco for copyright infringement – alleging that the sale violated the Swiss Company’s US Copyright covering a symbol on the watch face. In a 2008 decision, the Ninth Circuit agreed with Omega, holding that the US Copyright was not exhausted because Omega had originally sold the watches to distributors in Egypt and Paraguay. This arbitrage was available because Omega sells its watches for a higher price in the US than it does elsewhere. The question on appeal is whether Omega’s authorized foreign sale exhausted its US copyright.
Los problemas de Google en materia de derecho a la intimidad
Leo en gigalaw: Privacy officials from ten countries sent Google Inc. a letter demanding that the Internet giant build more privacy protections into its services, the latest sign of increasingly international anxiety over Google’s power. The letter, reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, was signed by officials in Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom. Más en WSJ.
IBM, open source y Derecho antitrust
Leo en IP Watch una noticia sobre la que ya hemos informado en el blog:
“Hercules open source project team created the Hercules “emulator.” This technology takes the IBM instructions set, translates and interprets them so that IBM customers’ programmes and applications can be run on non-IBM mainframe platforms…
Hercules sent a letter to IBM explaining that the company was trying to “establish a commercial business that offers customers a choice in mainframe-compatible platforms, while contributing to the long-term health of the IBM mainframe ecosystem.” Hercules proposed to make available to IBM’s mainframe customers a licence for IBM operating systems on the TurboHercules platform, letting IBM set the pricing of such a licence “on reasonable and fair terms.”
IBM replied in November declining the offer, saying that “mimicking IBM’s proprietary” system required the company’s intellectual property. “You will understand that IBM could not reasonably be asked to consider licensing its operating system for use on infringing platforms”
Por otro lado (y esto es nuevo):
Hercules filed a formal complaint against IBM with the European Commission. The complaint said that IBM has a “100 percent monopoly in the market for mainframe operating systems,” and is trying to abuse this monopolistic position by denying customers the possibility to run IBM’s operating system on anything else than IBM mainframe hardware in what the complainant describes as “illegal tying.”